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The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light

Whether hero or traitor, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the most important whistle-blower of modern times, one whose disclosures will reverberate for decades to come. With extensive input from Snowden himself, Suzanna Andrews, Bryan Burrough, and Sarah Ellison have the …

North Korea agrees to 'consider' UN recommendations on human rights

The UH human rights council has presented North Korea with 268 recommendations to improve human rights in the country –185 of which the North has said it will consider.<p>The recommendations, which follow the release of a dossier of human rights abuses in February, were presented to North Korea in …

Abbas meets Hamas leader in Doha

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal have met for the first time since their rival factions signed a surprise unity deal.<p>"The meeting has started," a source in Abbas's Ramallah office told the AFP news agency about the meeting in the Qatari capital Doha on Monday.<p>Abbas …

Kerry says he'll pause, reassess after Israeli-Palestinian peace bid

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he would pause and reassess what might be possible after failing to meet his April 29 goal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, saying both sides still wanted to try to negotiate.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks …

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New images of lava gushing through Hawaii's big island and towards several homes<p>Women in Saudi Arabia go behind the wheel<p>Anthony Bourdain toxicology …

Terrorists have changed methods since Snowden leaks: UK official

LONDON (Reuters) - Terrorists have substantially changed their methods of communication since leaks by former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden, hindering intelligence agencies’ efforts to track them, a senior British security official said on Tuesday.<p>Accused government whistleblower …

Middle East peace talks: Q&A

A US deadline for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has passed without an agreement being reached.<p>Why was 29 April significant?<p>The effort by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, to get Israelis and Palestinians to peace talks set a deadline of nine months, which expired today. In …

Israel risks becoming apartheid state if peace talks fail, says John Kerry

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has warned in a closed-door meeting in Washington that Israel risks becoming an "apartheid state" if US-sponsored efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement fail.<p>In an apparent sign of Kerry's deep frustration over the almost certain collapse of …

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington’s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.<p>U.S. President …

Spain asks for help as migrants scale fence into Europe

Spain says it needs more help from the European Union to control one of Europe's most southern borders.<p>In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have scaled the border fence separating the Spanish territory of Melilla from neighbouring Morocco.<p>Tom Burridge reports.

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New Video Shows Al-Qaeda Leaders Addressing Dozens of Militants

American counter-terrorism officials are examining a new video put out by a terrorism tracking watchdog group that appears to show a very large gathering of al-Qaeda members who recently escaped from a Yemen prison.<p>The 15-minute video, posted on YouTube by the Terrorism Research and Analysis …

5 first-quarter fundraising takeaways

The 2014 elections are shaping up to be the most expensive midterm contests ever.<p>And the first big fundraising reporting deadline of the election year offers a window into the financial health and viability of candidates — and outside groups who will play key roles in this year’s contests and …

PLO: Israel using prisoners as 'blackmail' | US & Canada

<b>Ramallah, Occupied West Bank -</b> Ismat Mansour was only 16 years old when he was arrested and sentenced to 22 years in prison for complicity in killing an Israeli settler.<p>At the time, the first intifada - the Palestinian uprising against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip - was in …

Palestinian leader signals willingness to extend peace talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday that it was still possible to revive moribund peace negotiations.<p>Abbas told five Israeli opposition legislators from the Labor and Meretz parties that he was willing to extend the negotiations …

White House Makes Clear To Iran: U.N. Ambassador Choice 'Not Viable'

(Adds background on U.S. ability to deny visas to diplomats, Iranian comment, paragraphs 6 and 12)<p>WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - The White House made clear on Tuesday that it did not welcome Iran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi as its new United Nations ambassador, saying officials had told Tehran …

Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers

The US has spied on the staff of prominent human rights organisations, Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.<p>Giving evidence via a videolink from Moscow, Snowden said the National Security Agency – for which he worked as a contractor – had …

Here’s How the Secret Service Is Trying to Clean Up Its Act

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In the wake of a number of embarrassing incidents involving Secret Service agents getting hammered, …

Kerry says willing to take blame for U.S. foreign policy failures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from U.S. senators on Tuesday, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.<p>During a …

Italy sounds alarm as 4,000 immigrants land

Italy said that 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days - the highest number since it launched a naval operation to rescue them at sea in the wake of two shipwrecks last year.<p>"The landings are non-stop and the emergency is increasingly glaring," Interior Minister …

UN accused of 'shameful attitude' in S Sudan

A leading international aid agency has issued a stinging attack on the United Nations mission in South Sudan, accusing it of a "shameful attitude" and leaving thousands of displaced people living in squalor.<p>Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) said on Wednesday that UN officials …

Arab League calls on US to exert pressure to salvage Middle East peace talks

Arab foreign ministers have held an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo. They called on the US to step up their efforts to save Middle East peace talks which are on the brink of collapse.<p>US Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to conclude a final peace deal by April 29.<p>The …

Israeli minister urges Netanyahu to annex settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A senior Israeli minister has urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a swathe of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying peace talks with the Palestinians were dead.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in …

Iran, six powers seek to narrow 'significant gaps' in nuclear talks

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran will never slow down its nuclear research program, its supreme leader said on Wednesday as negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggled to narrow “significant gaps” that the United States warned might be insurmountable.<p>The stakes in a deal are high on both sides. …

In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint

Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.<p>A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some …